Most people are familiar with some version of Freaky Friday. Whether it’s the original 1972 novel by Mary Rodgers, the 1976 film, or the 2003 film, most know the story of the mother and daughter who magically switch bodies and, by extension, lives, and, in the process, learn to truly love and value one another.… Continue reading Backed by Two Strong Female Leads, NRACT’s Freaky Friday Is a Surefire Hit
“Normal” is probably one of the hardest things to define. In practical application, it doesn’t mean much more than whatever is considered usual or standard; but it has a deeper meaning of something more, something we all yearn for. The implication is that anything “normal” is also peaceful, comforting, desirable, fulfilling, and ultimately rewarding. This… Continue reading Don’t Miss NRACT’s Next to Normal; It’s Raw, Challenging, and Humorous But Realistic
With Timothy E. Locklear’s direction, musical direction by Michael Santangelo, and choreography by Jess Barbour, the North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre has scored another hit with Next to Normal, a 2008 Off-Broadway and 2009 Broadway musical, with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt). NRACT’s venue brings us super-close to… Continue reading Next to Normal at NRACT Is Entertaining, Captivating, and Thought-Provoking — We Highly Recommend It!
Sometimes in Broadway legend, the understudy takes over for the star and becomes a star on her/his own. In the case of the hit show, If/Then, playing tonight through Sunday evening at the Durham Performing Arts Center, the understudy (Jackie Burns, who stars as Elizabeth) has taken the show on the road; and in a… Continue reading If/Then Sings, Dances, and Touches Your Heart at the Durham Performing Arts Center May 26-29
If/Then, onstage now at DPAC under the direction of Michael Greif is a relatively new musical that packs a modern, fun, and totally unique punch. It tells the story of Elizabeth (Jackie Burns), a recently divorced woman who is self-admittedly “flirting with forty” and decides to shake things up by relocating to New York City.… Continue reading DPAC’s If/Then Is Fresh, Fun, and Fabulous